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Sony Black AX43 4K Handycam Camcorder - FDR-AX43

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  • Color : Black
  • Type : Camcorder
  • Storage Type : XAVC S 4K (100 Mbps): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, UHS-I U3 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or higher), XAVC S 4K (60 Mbps): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or higher), XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or higher), AVCHD, Still: Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
  • LCD Screen Size (inches) : 2.95
  • Viewfinder : No
  • Manual Focusing : Yes
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  • Product Overview-

    Key Features

    • 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) Recording
    • 26.8mm Wide-Angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T Lens
    • 20x Optical Zoom With 30x/40x (4K/HD) Clear Image Zoom
    • Highlight Movie Maker
    • Balanced Optical SteadyShot With 5-Axis Intelligent Active Mode
    • 5.1ch Surround Sound Microphone
    • Flip Out Tilting 3" Clear Photo Touch Screen LCD
    • Lock-On AF
    • Super-Sampled Full HD Playback
    • Face Detection And Smile Shutter
    • Dual Video Recording
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    Sony Black FDR-AX43 4K Handycam Camcorder

    Capture your world in stunning color and detail on the Sony 4K Handycam®, with Balanced Optical SteadyShot and 20x optical zoom. Fast Intelligent AF and a sophisticated built-in multi-capsule microphone, plus powerful in-camera video processing, make it a compact content-creation powerhouse.

    Key Features:

    • Balanced Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode
    • 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) recording
    • 26.8 mm wide-angle ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens
    • 20x optical zoom with 30x/40x (4K/HD) Clear Image Zoom
    • Highlight Movie Maker


    • Gimbal mechanism inside
      Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ is a unique image stabilizer, with a gimbal mechanism about 13 times more effective than other optical systems. Capture smooth, professional-looking images, even at full zoom or while running, with no need for bulky external gimbals. In HD shooting mode, it further reduces the effect of camera shake with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensating for vibration across pan, tilt, roll, pitch, and yaw
    • Accessories for every shooting style
      Open up new storytelling possibilities with a range of accessories from microphones to grips—all designed for professional results and seamless compatibility
    • 4K image quality
      Capture your movies with the stunning realism and detail of 4K (3840 x 2160). With four times more detail than Full HD, all your images are enhanced by the subtle qualities that bring images to vibrant life
    • Up to 26.8 mm wide-angle lens
      Whether you're shooting movies or still images, the class-leading wide-angle lens can help you capture more of landscapes and indoor scenes when you don't have enough room to step back. Even without a wide conversion lens, the camcorder shoots as wide as 26.8 mm (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode
    • The latest-generation image sensor exclusively for 4K
      The new-generation sensor is designed for optimal 4K recording. With pixel sizes around 1.6x larger than previous models, the AX43 captures beautiful images with less noise, even in the extremes of low and bright lighting conditions
    • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens for 4K
      The AX43 features a custom lens developed for the highest-quality 4K imaging throughout its entire wide-to-telephoto range. The use of AA (advanced aspherical) lens elements ensures each scene is faithfully captured, even with the compact design, while ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass delivers accurate color without aberration. The ZEISS® T* Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflections, including ghosting and flare
    • Lock-on AF
      Enhance your tracking of moving subjects with a simple touch. Simply select your subject on the LCD touchscreen, and the AX43 will automatically adjust the tracking frame and lock onto even fast-moving targets, for precise autofocusing
    • Super-sampled Full HD playback
      Enhance your viewing experience even without a 4K television. Using super-sampling, the camera automatically down-converts 4K footage to exceptionally detailed Full HD
    • Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments
      Fast Intelligent AF achieves speedy, accurate contrast-detection autofocus by minimizing lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments
    • Extensive zoom shooting capabilities
      With the high-quality, stabilized, 20x optical zoom there's plenty of range to capture your subject. And, when shooting far away, our Clear Image Zoom uses a proprietary algorithm to deliver optical-zoom quality even at up to 40x (30x in 4K mode)
    • Face Detection and Smile Shutter
      Use Face Detection to optimize focus, exposure, and color for key people in a shot, even in selfies, so you only need compose and narrate the scene. Prioritize a face simply by touching it on the LCD. And with Smile Shutter, you can set the camera to automatically capture still shots of those magical, fleeting smiles even while recording movies
    • Golf Shot
      Capture and analyze high-speed motion with no need for fancy equipment. Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and a series of stills revealing each step of the action
    • 4K Time-lapse Capture
      With Time-lapse Capture, shoot stills of a scene over a period of time with a chosen interval between shots. The resulting images can be combined at high resolution into a time-lapse movie on a PC, and viewed with a simple variable-speed preview function on the camera, even in high-quality 4K
    • Realistic recording of voices, music and other sound
      Thanks to the three-capsule mic, the AX43 microphone gathers sound from five directions and, with advanced audio processing, results in dramatically better built-in audio recording. Around 40% less background noise is captured, and you'll enjoy better stereo, or 5.1ch surround (AVCHD) separation, for more faithful capture, clearer dialog, and more compelling soundtracks
    • High Speed recording for high-quality slow motion
      With support for high-frame-rate capture up to 120fps in Full HD, you can create slow-motion recordings, elevating every movement in startling detail. Simply import your video in the free PlayMemories Home, or other popular editing software, to reveal smooth, sharp action in even the most everyday activities
    • Exceptional image quality
      The AX43 can capture video using the XAVC S format for high-quality images. Based on formats used for professional productions, XAVC S offers bitrates up to 100 Mbps, and highly efficient compression, for detailed images and easily manageable file sizes
    • Trimming Playback
      You can select a specific portion of the picture and play it back in Full HD, thanks to 4K high resolution. Also, you can change trimming size with the zoom lever or on-screen display icon
    • Time Code / User Bit
      The AX43 can add embedded data elements to your video, for professional workflows and tracking. The Time Code function records a frame-accurate synchronization sequence, ideal for precise edit matching in multi-camera shoots. User Bit lets you embed an eight-character reference, such as a scene number, along with your footage, for easier tracking in post-production
    • My Voice Canceling
      Reduce the intensity of the voice of a user shooting from close behind the camera, thanks to the innovative microphone and My Voice Canceling feature
    • 5.1ch surround sound microphone
      Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theater system. Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring for each channel level
    • Motion Shot Video
      Use Motion Shot Video to create dramatic motion playback sequences, superimposing images of your moving subject to trace each split-second of action. You can adjust the interval between images to create amazing images for sharing with friends, or use it as a powerful tool for analyzing sports motion on screen
    • Highlight Movie Maker
      Streamline your movie editing with Highlight Movie Maker to save editing time. Add highlight points to key moments while recording, then let the camcorder automatically generate a finished 4K or HD movie—with transitions synced to your chosen soundtrack
    • Dual Video Recording
      Record two movie formats at the same time—one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in MP4 format. That way, you've got a small file ready for instant upload, plus a professional-grade file for further editing
    • Multi Camera Control
      More shots mean more editing opportunities. Easily record footage from a variety of angles, whether using cameras mounted directly to the Handycam® or triggered wirelessly. Multi Camera Control makes it easy to sync shooting settings on compatible Wi-Fi® connected devices
    • One-touch remote and one-touch sharing
      One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. You can control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. Additionally, by installing Imaging Edge Mobile app on an NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet, you can even skip the pairing sequences by simply touching your device to the camera



    • Sensor Type: 1/2.5 type (0.28 in) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
    • Effective Pixels (Video): Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)
    • Effective Pixels (Still Image): Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9) / approx. 6.22 Megapixels (4:3)


    • Image Processor: BIONZ X™ image processor


    • Lens Type: ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T*
    • Filter Diameter: 2.17 in
    • Lens Cover: Auto
    • Aperture: F 2.0-3.8
    • Focal Distance: f = 4.4 to 88 mm
    • Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video): f = 1-1/16 to 21-1/8 inch 2, f= 26.8-536.0 mm (16:9)
    • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Still Image): f = 1-1/16 to 21-1/8 inch (16:9), f = 1-5/16 to 25-7/8 inch (4:3), f = 26.8 to 536.0 mm (16:9), f = 32.8 to 656.0 mm (4:3)
    • Minimum Focus Distance: Approx. 13/32 inch (Wide), approx. 31-1/2 inch (Tele) (approx. 1 cm (Wide), approx. 80 cm (Tele))
    • Iris Diaphragm: 6 blades


    • Optical Zoom: 20x
    • Clear Image Zoom: 4K: 30x, HD: 40x
    • Digital Zoom: 250x


    • Screen Type: 2.95 inch (3.0 type) Clear Photo LCD display (460,800 dots) Wide (16:9)
    • Touch Panel: Yes
    • Bghtness Control: Yes (Menu)
    • Marker/Grid Display: Grid Line
    • Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.

    Image Stabilization

    • Image Stabilization Type: Balanced Optical SteadyShot w/ Intelligent Active mode (5-axis)


    • Focus Type: Contrast AF
    • Focus Mode: Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
    • Focus Area: Full range Focus / Spot Focus
    • Fast Intelligent AF: Yes
    • Lock-On AF: Yes
    • Manual Focus Assist: Peaking Display


    • Mode: Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu)
    • Metering Modes: Multi-segment / Spot
    • Exposure Compensation: AE Shift (Touch Panel)
    • Low LUX Mode: Yes
    • Auto Iris Control: F2.0-F11
    • Manual Iris Control: F2.0-F11
    • Manual Exposure Assist: Zebra Pattern Display
    • Backlight Compensation: Yes (Auto)
    • Gain Control: Auto
    • AGC Limit: Yes
    • Minimum Illumination: 4K: Standard: 9 lux (1/60 shutter speed), HD: Standard: 6 lux (1/60 shutter speed), 4K: Low Lux 1.8 lux (1/30 shutter speed), HD: Low Lux 1.2 lux (1/30 shutter speed)

    Shutter Speed

    • Auto Control Range: 1/8–1/10000
    • Standard: 1/60–1/10000
    • Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode): 1/30–1/10000
    • Manual Shutter: 1/8–1/10000
    • Smooth Slow: 1/250–1/10000

    White Balance

    • White Balance Modes: Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
    • White Balance Shift: Yes


    • Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
    • Flash Compensation: Yes (3 steps)
    • Flash Mode: Auto / On / Off

    Storage Media

    • Media Type: XAVC S 4K (100 Mbps): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, UHS-I U3 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or higher), XAVC S 4K (60 Mbps): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or higher), XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or higher), AVCHD, Still: Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)


    • Recording Format (Video): XAVC S format: MPEG4-AVC / H.264, AVCHD format ver. 2.0 compatible: MPEG4-AVC / H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
    • Video Resolution: XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 / 30p, 24p, XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 / 60p, 30p, 24p, AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 / 60p (PS), 30p (FX, FH), 24p (FX, FH), 60i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080 / 60i (HQ, LP), MP4: 1280 x 720 / 30p
    • Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR): XAVC S 4K: approx. 100 Mbps, XAVC S 4K: approx. 60 Mbps, XAVC S HD: approx. 50 Mbps, AVCHD PS: approx. 28 Mbps / FX: approx. 24 Mbps / FH: approx. 17 Mbps / HQ: approx. 9 Mbps / LP: approx. 5 Mbps, MP4: approx. 3 Mbps
    • Recording Format (Still Image): JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible)
    • Still Image Size (Photo Mode): L: 16.6 Megapixels 16:9 (5440 x 3056), 12.5 Megapixels 4:3 (4080 x 3056), M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9, (3840 x 2160), 6.2 Megapixels 4:3 (2880 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), 0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640 x 480)
    • Still Image Size (Movie Mode: M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
    • Still Image Size (Photo Capture): XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
    • Still Image Size (Time-Lapse Capture): 1920 x 1080), 3840 x 2160) / HD: S (2.1 M, 4K: L (8.3 M
    • Still Image Size (Dual Record): M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)


    • Microphone: Built-in Zoom Microphone
    • Audio Recording Format: LPCM 2ch (48 kHz / 16 bit), Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator, Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
    • Mic Level Control: Yes (31 steps)
    • Auto Wind Noise Reduction: Yes (On / Off)
    • My Voice Canceling: Yes
    • Speaker: Built-in Zoom Microphone, Monaural Speaker

    Advanced Feature

    • High Speed Rec: Yes (120p / 1920 x 1080, 100 / 60 Mbps)
    • Time-Lapse Capture: Time-Lapse Capture, Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60 sec), Shot Number (1-999), Capture Image Size (4K: L (8.3 M, 3840 x 2160) / HD: S (2.1 M, 1920 x 1080)), AE Mode (AE Lock / AE Tracking)
    • Scene Selection: Auto / Night Scene / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
    • Time Code/User Bit: Yes
    • Other Features: Face Detection, Cinematone, Golf Shot (Yes), Smooth Slow Rec (Yes), Fader Effect(s) (White / Black), Intelligent Auto (Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low-light / Auto wind noise reduction), Smile Shutter (Off / Dual Capture / Always On), Red-Eye Reduction, Direct Copy


    • Fast Playback: About 5 times / 10 times / 30 times / 60 times
    • Slow Playback: Forward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speed
    • Trimming Playback: Yes
    • Highlight Movie Maker: Highlight Movie Maker, highlight background music (6 preinstalled music files, music transfer compatible)
    • Motion Shot Video: Yes
    • Slide Show (Still Image): Slideshow

    Wireless Function

    • Wi-Fi®: Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))
    • NFC™: Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
    • Multi Camera Control: Yes

    Terminal / Shoe

    • Accessory shoe: Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
    • HDMI Terminal: Yes (HDMI micro)
    • Multi/Micro USB Terminal: Yes
    • Remote Terminal: Integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal
    • STD Output: Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
    • Microphone Input: Stereo minijack
    • Headphone Jack: Stereo minijack
    • Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD / SDHC / SDXC compatible
    • DC IN: Yes


    • Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM with AccuPowerTM Meter System (V Series)
    • Power Consumption (LCD): 4K: 5.1 W
    • Power Requirements: 6.8 V/7.3 V (battery pack), 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
    • Charge on Camcorder (charging time with supplied battery): Yes (approx. 3h 25min)
    • USB Charging: DC 5 V 1500 mA

    What's In The Box:

    • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70A) (1)
    • AC Adaptor (1)
    • Power Cord (1)
    • Operating Guide (1)
    • HDMI (micro) Cable (1)
    • micro USB Cable (1)

    Approximate Dimensions:

    • Unit Including Supplied Battery (NP-FV70A)
      • Height: 3-1/4"
      • Width: 2-7/8"
      • Depth: 5-5/8"

    Approximate Weight:

    • Unit Only: 1 lb 2.0 oz
    • Unit With Supplied Battery (NP-FV70A): 1 lb 5.2 oz
    • Shipping: 3.3 lbs

    Warranty Information:

    • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor


    1. Reseller price may vary
    2. When "SteadyShot" is set to "Standard" or "Off"
    3. When "SteadyShot" is set to "Active" or "Intelligent Active"
    4. The factory setting is "Off". Digital zoom ratio includes optical zoom ration
    5. Backlight brightness will automatically be set "Bright" when connected to AC adapter
    6. The same as Guide Flame
    7. Not supported at XAVC S 4K
    8. Not available in the 4K Recording mode with Dual Video Recording
    9. With Optional Flash Accessory
    10. Bitrate is described by average bitrate (including movie, sounds and others)
    11. Not available in 100 Mbps Movie Recording Rate
    12. Not available in the recording mode PS (60p/50p), FX (24p/25p/60i/50i) and FH (24p/25p)
    13. Video Mode is XAVC S HD or 4K
    14. Video Mode is AVCHD
    15. Video Mode is MP4
    16. Only record movie
    17. PlayMemories Home Ver. 4.1 or later is required
    18. Available only in AVCHD or XAVC S HD or MP4
    19. (Configuration method/Access method) WPS or manually/infrastructure mode. When connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)
    20. Output only
    21. Supports Micro USB compatible device
    22. Except for NP-FV30
    23. Recording mode and media are default settings
    24. When using supplied AC adapter. When the AC adapter is not supplied, using USB charging
    25. Including the projecting parts
    26. Including lens hood if it is supplied
    27. Including a battery pack and a media unit (if a lens hood is supplied, this is also included)
    28. The numbers in ( ) are the supplied quantity
    29. Sony internal measurement
    30. Compared to FDR-AX/P3x series
    31. When SteadyShot is set to Standard or Off
    32. Not available in the 4K Recording mode with Dual Video Recording
    33. Not available in the recording mode PS (60p/50p), FX (24p/25p/60i/50i) and FH (24p/25p)
    34. Available only in AVCHD
    35. Minimum trimming size is 1920 x 1080
    36. Requires SDXC/SDHC memory card UHS-I U3 or higher for XAVC S 4K 100 Mbps recording, and SDXC/SDHC memory card Class 10 or higher for XAVCS 4K 60 Mpbs and XAVCS HD 50 Mbps recording
    37. Recording in 5.1ch is available in AVCHD only
    38. Available only in AVCHD or XAVC S HD or MP4
    39. Not available in AVCHD PS mode and XAVC S HD 60p/50p (NTSC/PAL) mode
    40. A successor application of PlayMemories Mobile™. Existing PlayMemories Mobile users can use this by updating PlayMemories Mobile
    41. ©2020 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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